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Old 10-03-2009
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Default Willys Pick Up build.

New project time. The Tj build might slow down as a result of this project but I have a deadline of 2010 Jambo and as you are about to see there is a shitload of work to do.
Subject for this build is a 1954 Willys Pick Up truck.
Ex CFA as most of them are around here. This one apparently was from Malmsbury.
It is as complete as I could have hoped for.
Original Engine 6 Cyl has been kicked over for a split second
Original gearbox feels nice and tight
As does the original Transfer case.
Dana 27 front diff, Has a problem as needed to pull out an axle to let it roll.
Unsure what the rear is I have been told various things but I am sure some of the ajor locals would be able to help.
All 5 original steel plate wheels that are rusted to the point that the tyres are going to have to be burnt off.
Interior is complete but needs re-upholstering
Body is very good except for the guards. They are straight but have holes from the sirens that have rusted out an entire section on the top. Front grille has had some bars cut out of it. Some of these trucks had big platforms on the front of them with a water pump fitted on them driven off the engine. There are telling signs of this being one of those trucks. Hand throttle on the front grille and a section of front crossmember has been cut directly infront of the harmonic balancer. Plus the front gaurds have been extended all the way down to where the pump platform would have been. Few small rust holes here and there but tub is great with a few tiny holes in the floor pan and some surface rust around the doorframe. All glass is there but seals are pretty rooted.
Some external bits are missing like side mirrors, 1 door handle, wiper arm. Headlight frame x 1 and a front parker. Must be a parker as there are no indicators on it
The engine has a shagged water pump and a missing air cleaner.
I have most of these bits and pieces missing as I bought / procured another truck without running gear and it had a few spare bits a pieces. I don’t have a rear tub or tray. The original frame for the fire equipment is there and very solid so I may build a flat bed with stake sides on it.
Here are some pics of what I have to start with. Keep in mind I am doing this just as much for my own record as I am for others that may be interested.

This will be known as the before shot.

Front diff

Rear diff

Transfer case

Cut out from the crossmember.

Hand throttle location on grille.

Both gaurds in similiar condition.


Interior needs some serious work to make it comfy.

So late last year I brought to its new temporary home for work to start.

This is what it would have looked like whilst in service.

Notice the guard extentions. The solid steel wheels were fitted to all aussie fire trucks from what I have read. There a two piece rim 5 on 5 1/2. There is also a bit of laminating on the chassis just behind the cab for all fire trucks.

So what am I going to do with it?
Full fire truck resto

Rod it

So many options.
I am going to post a couple of pics soon of some Pick Ups that I have found for inspiration. Would like to get everyones opinions on how they would do it and what they would do.
Iam going to stick the a 4wd theme. Set of muddies and a winch. But it doesnt have to sit high. Iam going to use it as a tow vehicle for the TJ when I do comps so hot rod is out.

But first I want to get it running in its stock form. Will try to register it as is so I need to fix axle and motor.

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Top project - I've just piocked up a 55 model - more advance in restoration than your pics but still some finishing to do - may be able to swap contacts for parts/ideas etc - aim is to get it to Coffs 2010 & maybe Jambo. Need to fit it in between CJ6 rebuild, TJ ongoing maintenance, build shed and work to pay for it all.
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Well done, lots of work to do there. The rear diff will be dana 53, when you clean it you will see numbers around the outside of the casing, on corner will have 53 on it.

The Ford cross flow engine in mine works really well with the original running gear. Cause you haven't much time to finish it, I would keep it standard, wooden trays of the back look good, maybe a wooden box for tools etc. Put a brake booster on it, remote or change the pedals.

Have fun
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EJ - I saw this several months ago - Just some inspiration; although, for some strange reason all of the guys checking it out (except for myself) had New Zealand accents?

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1949 Willy's CJ3A, with Koenig twin-stick dual output PTO - Project 'Farm Jeep'
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Nice jeep, turn it into a HOT-ROD.
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My vote goes for Hardwood bed with Stake Sides unless your going to do a fire truck resto in which case you can garage it in my shed over summer
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Nice work EJ, although it looks like there is sh!t loads of work to be done.

I reckon you should rethink the hot rod look. It looks figgin awesome.

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And here are some more pics for inspiration
Part of the donor....

Origional brochure

Smokeys 63? stake side- was once a CFA tanker.
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Great stuff. So good to see another being built.
As Darius said, diffenently a Dana 53 rear axle.
I actually really like the stance it has now with that height, rims and tyres size. Turn it into a ratrod.
Cheers, Marcus.

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